Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association.
We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm
The branch venue for our monthly meetings is easy to find, being Manor Academy, Millfield Lane at Nether Poppleton. The postcode (for Sat Nav purposes) is YO26 6PA.
Millfield Lane can be accessed off the A1237 (York's northern ring road).
Above: A street view of the venue, showing the ample (free) car parking that is available.
See map in the lower left area of this page for the location of our venue.
We don't make any charge but request a donation on the door of a modest £5 which includes refreshments.
There is a large free car park on site. In the unlikely event that the car park is full, there is plenty of free off-street parking immediately opposite the school.
The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.
After the presentation, but before the Q&A session with the speaker, we have a break with refreshments available.
Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welcome.
Any new visitors are guaranteed a friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from a group of like-minded enthusiasts.
The 2023 speaker programme is shown below.
No apology is made for the emphasis on operational history in the BEF in France and Flanders, which is the most popular type of talk. However, we do have a good selection of other presentations as well, covering social history, other theatres and naval operations.
As ever we have managed to book some highly respected and well known speakers as well as some speakers who are new to the branch.
We look forward to welcoming you to our branch meetings.
Upcoming Branch Events
Comparing the battles of the Somme and Arras by Mike Coyle
A great deal has been written and is known about the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, less is generally known about the greater Battle of Arras in April and May 1917. This talk by Mike Coyle makes direct comparison and asks why it should be that more is known about the Somme. Above: British machine gunners fire on German aircraft near Arras M…Event Details
The Battle of the Lys, April 1918 by Phil Tomaselli
The second German offensive of 1918 tried to cut through south of Ypres and sweep the British army back to the channel; in the first few days the Germans drove back the British divisions, many of whom had suffered badly on the Somme in March. Only heroic resistance stopped the breakthrough and saved Ypres. Members and non-members of The Wester…Event Details
How the 10th Cruiser Squadron won the War by Graham Kemp
The Allied Blockade 1914-19 is how the Allies defeated Germany by siege warfare rather than by feat of arms. The ultimate weapon in this was - as Beatty recognised – the 10th Cruiser Squadron. In this presentation, by Graham Kemp, we will learn how, by the time of the Armistice, the German nation was falling apart and central Europe was facing t…Event Details